Hippos in Tanks have been on a roll this summer. After the hardcore techno stylings of Gatekeeperâ€™s Exo, the label now unveils the debut release for Physical Therapy. This concise EP showcases the production talents of the Leonia, New Jersey beatsmith, whose skill in combining R&B, pop, and electronic elements makes for a soaring 5-song set.
The highlight is â€śDrone On,â€ť featuring singer Jamie Krasner. The track is a gorgeous amalgamation of drum and bass, piercing synths, and Krasnerâ€™s brilliant R&B-inflected vocals. Though Krasner is occasionally mixed into the background of the song, her presence is integral to the songâ€™s success. â€śDrone Onâ€ť sounds like a late-summer jam, with its perfect combination of left-field electronics and R&B/pop sensibilities.
Elsewhere, Physical Therapy crafts like-minded pop songs that are filtered through lenses of hip-hop, UK-rave (â€śDo It Aloneâ€ť), and even 70s soft rock (opener â€śRecord Salesâ€ť). All of this makes for a promising debut by a young producer capable of distilling his influences into compact songs that never feel overstuffed. The only downside is that the EP is too brief, but perhaps that is the secret to its success: Safety Net never wears out its welcome, and by the time it finishes youâ€™ll be looking to replay the whole thing.